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    People say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face. Who will love them now?


    Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) 

    2 minutes in and this is already the funniest book I’ve read this year. 

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The Writers’ Retreat
For the July 20 NY Times Book Review. Thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman and editor Pamela Paul!


    The Writers’ Retreat

    For the July 20 NY Times Book Review. Thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman and editor Pamela Paul!

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    So amused by the Emma Watson shout out in the new JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith mystery

    So amused by the Emma Watson shout out in the new JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith mystery

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    This one opens with a similar overstatement of flattery sprinkled with unworthiness. But the highlight comes when this gentleman concedes to his would-be sugar momma that:

    Were our circumstances reversed, I should hardly take to myself the credit of doing a generous action, in overlooking the consideration of wealth, and making you an unreserved tender of my hand and fortune.

    At least he’s honest.

    In her reply, she scolds him for assuming a lady’s heart will be swayed or stayed by disparity of fortune, but demurs that any decision on the matter should be left up to her father.


    You are, by your account, two and twenty. I am, by mine, six and forty; you are too young to know the duties of a father. I have a son who is seventeen, and consequently too old to learn the duties of a son from one so little senior to himself.

    This sounds like reasonable grounds for rejection—or for a sitcom plot—but our widow is savvy enough to question the motives of a 22-year-old looking to shack up with someone more than double his age.

    [W]hen you can convince me that in point of age, fortune, and morals, you are such a person as I can, without reproach, rake for a husband, and admit as a guardian to my children, I shall cease to think, as I now candidly confess I do, that motives far from honourable, or disinterested love, have influence your application.

    Those implied motives: gold-digging.

    — 7 Highlights from a 19th Century Book of Sample Love Letters via Mental Floss

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Evolution of literary struggles.


    Evolution of literary struggles.

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    TM: Can you describe, in 2-3 sentences, why a writer needs an agent?
    EH: It’s like having a lawyer, but way cheaper. You wouldn’t represent yourself at your own trial, would you? A good literary agent protects you from yourself.

    TM: How do you recommend aspiring writers find agents?
    EH: I’m easy to find. Just treat me like you would any celebrity, because that’s sometimes what it feels like for an agent to go to a party. I once dated a writer for months before I found out he was trying to sleep his way to representation. I get it, it’s nice to meet me. In general, I’d recommend cutting to the chase. I’ve had good luck with new writers lately — no mouth breathers in the bunch at The New School’s MFA program — I met some in person on campus, listened to the ones that approached me, invited them to send pages if I thought it was something I’d be interested in, and did/am doing my best to follow up on each one.
    It’s rare that I try to go out there and find new clients — they have to come to me. This is almost always done by referral from another writer, editor or colleague. I do look at slush email but only if the queries are short and exciting to me. If they are, you’ll hear one way or the other. If they’re not, I usually just delete. It sounds shitty, but if you were one of my clients you wouldn’t want me wasting time on email from strangers who might take attention away from the important work we’ve got to do together. It’s so not personal. The great thing about literary agents is there are a ton of them.

    — Don’t Ever Do It For the Money: A Conversation with My Agent via The Millions

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    2. Oversight is the noun form of two verbs with contrary meanings, “oversee” and “overlook.” “Oversee,” from Old English ofersēon ‘look at from above,’ means ‘supervise’ (medieval Latin for the same thing: super- ‘over’ + videre ‘to see.’) “Overlook” usually means the opposite: ‘to fail to see or observe; to pass over without noticing; to disregard, ignore.’
    10. Fast can mean “moving rapidly,” as in “running fast,” or ‘fixed, unmoving,’ as in “holding fast.” If colors are fast they will not run. The meaning ‘firm, steadfast’ came first. The adverb took on the sense ‘strongly, vigorously,’ which evolved into ‘quickly,’ a meaning that spread to the adjective.
    19. Go means “to proceed,” but also “give out or fail,” i.e., “This car could really go until it started to go.”

    — 25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites via Mental Floss

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    The Herero people use the same word for green and blue, but they have no difficulty distinguishing the color of a leaf and the color of the sky.

    — Pacific Standard reviews John H. McWhorter’s The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language, and looks at why the language we speak doesn’t affect the way we think. (via oupacademic)

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    “This is the non-fiction floor, right?”

    “Yep.” (I work at a public library). What comes next is often predictable.

    “Great. I’m not really into fiction.”

    There are many variations on this. Fiction is a waste of time. Isn’t the real world interesting enough? Why read something that’s just made up?

    I’ve spent a couple of decades reading at least three novels for every non-fiction book. But over the past five years that ratio has been reversed for me. I’m not sure why. I’m just more drawn to non-fiction more these days. It might change later, and I’ll follow whatever stories command my attention.

    This surprised someone at a book club I visited recently. “Can you tell everyone why it’s so important to read fiction?”

    “What makes you think it is?” I said. “I’m actually reading a lot more non-fiction these days. Just think about it, what makes you say that it’s important?”

    This was flabbergasting to that fine human being. I wasn’t passing judgment, just trying to start a conversation. And wow, did it ever.

    — “Isn’t The Real World Interesting Enough For You?” via BookRiot

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